NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are mixed in light trading before the government t releases a report on retail sales, a crucial U.S. economic driver.
Dow Jones industrial futures are up a point to 15,247. S&P futures have lost 1.5 points to 1,676.80. Nasdaq futures are up 2 points to 3,171.50.
Economists expect that retail sales rose 0.4 percent in August, double the increase of the previous month. The Commerce Department releases that report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
European and Asian markets are being weighed down by a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper saying that Larry Summers will be named to head the U.S. Federal Reserve after the central bank meets next week.
Summers is believed to have a less favorable view of the aggressive bond-buying program that has flooded markets with cash.